Jaleo DC

4.7
8079 reviews
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Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu reflecting the rich regional diversity of classical and contemporary Spanish cuisine, under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés. Jaleo offers an impressive assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and Sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere.
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Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

To be honest, the food was entirely underwhelming, and I won’t be returning.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Friday night for during a vacation to DC. We asked to sit outside and our service was wonderful. The food was delicious and all the staff was lovely. It did seem noisy inside this why we asked for an outside table but no more than a regular restaurant in DC I would assume. Love Jose Andres and glad to support him!

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DC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual. The guy that helped us I can’t recall his name but he was absolutely phenomenal, this is my favorite place to dine.

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TI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered from the lunch special menu. What a great deal.

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G
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Great food and atmosphere. Classy casual, definitely make it a stop for two or lots of fun with a group. Service was top notch.

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Y
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food, and staff, as always, was excellent. We would prefer that the bottle of wine be left on the table or near to hand. Sooo noisy

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EF
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the experience. Dined at an outside table - very comfortable and enjoyed the people watching. First visit to DC. Loved the food and even got the recipe for our favorite plate.

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CR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It had been a while since I was at Jaleo, so I'd forgotten just how good it is, and how pleasant a place it is. I don't know how you have managed to keep the quality of the food, service, and overall experience so high for so many years! And you can actually have a conversation with friends while enjoying a lively ambience.

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Fantastic food but terrible service. Server forgot about us several times.

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KL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and our table for a large party was ready upon our arrival. I chose this restaurant based on feedback from friends (and I live in the other Washington).

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TD
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jaleo has always been good, but in the last couple of years Jose Andres has made the food there quite high-end without charging outrageous prices. The quality approaches that of his top-of-the-line Bazaar restaurant in Beverly Hills.

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. It is not just dinner it is a total experience. More fun with about 8 people. Different and a little adventuresome

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LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fabulous. We ate outside so the noise level is to be expected. Very attentive service, excellent menu.

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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious meal on a Sunday afternoon. We ordered the "very, very special" shrimp, which was good, but the Maine scallops were divine, as was the roasted eggplant, red pepper, and onion on thin toast. The chardonnay was equally tasty. We were also delighted by the location of our table--we had requested a quiet area of the restaurant, and our seating was perfect.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Jaleo- food and sangria delicious! Service friendly and professional. Atmosphere fun and festive.

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best spanish restaurant ive ever been to. each dish was individually flavored

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JJ
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was not good at all. We disliked it very much. The worst was the octopus which tasted canned not fresh. The olives with anchovies also tasted canned. The potato tortilla was underdone and not seasoned. We also very disappointed at the lack of paella selections.
The ambiance and service was fine.

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TR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

While I generally love Jaleo and its food, a recent experience left me disappointed by the service. A companion at brunch asked for a glass of “just plain tomato juice” which arrived as two fingers of juice in a snifter with a celery stick. For this he was charged $12. When we asked about the charge, the server informed us that it was the charge for a “virgin Bloody Mary.” We felt uncomfortable pushing back that this was not what was ordered, but we did, and the charge was taken off (we would have happily paid a glass of juice price), which I appreciate, but it just left us with a bad feeling about an otherwise tasty and enjoyable meal.

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T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was as good as I remembered it from when I first visited several years ago. I will definitely be back next time I am in town.

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BR
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We brought newbies to Jaleo and they were just as delighted with the food as we were. But how can Jose call gazpacho traditional when it's made with beets? Fortunately, they had the genuine product also.

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GS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the variety and flavor combinations on the menu. Each tapas was marvelous and wish I had room for them all!

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PC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The environment was very nice.

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NY
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a late dinner after graduation. High energy and great food.

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JW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing restaurant. Food was delicious, service outstanding and the attention to detail was out of this world.
They took my husband’s master graduation celebration so serious that they made our visit a wonderful experience. Of course we’ll come back

Cheers Jaleo!!!

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CB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fabulous! Food absolutely delish! And we were able to hear each other talk which is a HUGE plus these days.

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SS
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a superb lunch. Can’t wait to go back!

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F
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 2

The table was not designed for people to actually talk to each other. Given that I had a reservation, a better table would have been better

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Excellent and consistent food from one of the best chefs in DC. Unfortunately, like so many restaurants in the District, they struggle with their service. A manager finally brought out the desert and our bill. Oddly, no mention of the two hour lunch was referenced.

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JA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Definitely would go back

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best lunch spot in Penn Quarter! A friend and I come regularly and split the most delicious grilled cheese sandwich and side of spinach ever! Fills us up and is less than $15 a person, you can't beat that!

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OT
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, so was the wine. Dessert and espresso also good. A pleasant, satisfying pre-theater meal.

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AH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of my favorite spots to bring visiting friends. It never disappoints and is always delicious. The shrimp, chicken croquettes, ibérico tenderloin with blue cheese mashed potatoes, scallops, and sangria are all must haves.

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BL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food done perfectly. Was a little loud at first but then very quiet as early diners left. Service was great, very alert and friendly

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TK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great. Food, service and ambiance were wonderful even on a very busy Mothers's Day.

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was excellent, ambience was lovely. Value was good, just be careful with drinks, the sangria was a bit pricey. Overall an amazing experience. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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S
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the Jaleo Tapas flight and everything was very tasty. Seating was a little tight so not for an intimate dinner. Very family friendly. Went on Mother’s Day and they gave all mom’s a rose. Lovely place. If your like variety and lots of choices this is your place. Also had asparagus but didn’t take picture.

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S
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food ! Once again we had a delicious meal at Jaleo. The tapas-style restaurant serves a variety of tasty, creative and satisfying plates. Everything was delicious, from the bread with infused olive oil to the vanilla flan for dessert. And the Jose Andres gin and tonic is really special ! Great place to go with a group of people.

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MA
Baltimore
50 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very busy on Mother's Day but they had nice brunch selections. Enjoyed it very much. They gave all the ladies a long stemmed rose. Nice touch.

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting experience with wine pairing! Chef Samantha came out to greet us to top off the wonderful evening!

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